Over the year, I attended several events that allowed me to learn, and grow as an IT professional.
The first event I went to this year was in March, and was called. Orlando Code Camp, Which was hosted at my college, and covered a wide range of topics. It was a great opportunity to get exposure to new technologies and ideas. While I was there, it became apparent that I would need to get a better grasp of Azure services, as well as c++.net development. There is an archive that includes some of the talks over on Github.
In April, I had the opportunity to attend the Global Azure Bootcamp in downtown Orlando. This was an event hosted by Onetug, and went over lots of different ways to use azure services. They covered how to call APIs, and do voice recognition with IoT devices, among other things. I was still finding it hard to keep up with all these industry professionals though, as they all had at least a decade of experience on me. I am still glad to have had the opportunity to sit and learn with them, as I now have an Azure account, and can tinker with it when I have time to learn.
In October, I got to attend SQL Saturday. This was hosted at the college again, and was organized by Andy Warren, who has been doing SQL Saturday for the better part of a decade. This was a great experience, and was easier for me to follow than the previous ones, because I had taken a SQL class prior to this event. Also, I was attending a class on systems analysis and design at the time, which talked a lot about databases. After attending several of these talks, I saw that it didn’t seem too hard to deploy a SQL database using Azure cloud services, and later on, I went and did it for myself.
Later that same month, I attended Maker Faire Orlando. There were all sorts of cool things there that people like me had built. There were battle bots, and homemade go karts modeled after the Enterprise. It was a pretty wild time, and I got to come home with a few things that I made there. I enjoyed their soldering workshop, as it had been a little while since I had gotten to do that. My own, homemade designs usually stay on breadboards.
I finished out the year by getting on the President’s List at my college. I’m very proud of this, as all my classes were technical in nature, and it’s a step closer towards my goal of working as a developer. I look forward to the things I will learn in 2018.